Review: Murder of a Lady

3 STARS Anthony Wynne, 1931 “There’s something wrong with this house.” Republished for the first time since 1931 as part of the British Library’s ‘Crime Classics’ series, this cleverly plotted novel harkens back to the ‘golden age’ of crime writing, when mysteries like these were simply puzzles to be worked out by the reader, rather…

Review: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

4 STARS Muriel Spark, 1961  ‘Attend to me, girls. One’s prime is the moment one was born for. Now that my prime has begun – Sandy, your attention is wandering. What have I been talking about?’ ‘Your prime, Miss Brodie.’ This short novel, set in the Edinburgh of the 1930s, is a brilliantly structured portrayal…